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Den britiske statsråd for høyere utdanning, Bill Rammell, har utarbeidet en veiledning for hvordan man avslører ekstremister på universiteter. Muslimske organisasjoner protesterer, og får støtte av fagforeninger.

Regjeringen vil at universitetene som institusjoner skal være på vakt mot ekstremistisk virksomhet, enten den er høyreekstrem eller islamistisk. Britisk politi tilbyr seg å holde kurs for de ansatte. Men for noen smaker dette av spionasje.

«There is a real and serious threat, and we must all take responsibility for protecting ourselves,» Rammell said.
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But staff should compile details of speakers they fear may be exhorting students to violence — even in meetings held off campus — and share their concerns with counterparts, Rammell recommended.

British government security officials said Tuesday that radicalization is now much less likely to take place in mosques or formal settings, but instead in homes, gyms or at meetings on the fringes of campus.

Jonathan Evans, head of the domestic spy agency MI5, warned in November that there is evidence extremists are grooming children and teenagers for attacks against Britain.

But some students and staff argue that Rammell’s guidelines could lead to the victimization of Muslim students.

«There is no evidence to suggest that Muslim students at university are particularly vulnerable to radicalization,» said Faisal Hanjra of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies in the United Kingdom and Ireland. «Nor is there any evidence to suggest that university campuses are hotbeds of extremist activity.»

Dette stemmer ikke med hva Ed Hussain forteller i The Islamist. Han sier Hizb ut Tahrir og andre ekstreme organisasjoner er meget aktive på høyere læresteder.

Fagforeningen tolker oppfordringen til årvåkenhet som en appell om spionasje.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of academic labor organization University and College Union, said university staff should not be expected to police their students.

«No student should ever think they are being spied on and no staff member should ever be pressurized into treating any group of students differently from another,» she said.

UK police want to find campus extremists